Leeds Rhinos: Clock ticking down on Senior’s latest adventure

Keith Senior.
Keith Senior.
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LEEDS RHINOS legend Keith Senior has appealed for support as the clock ticks down to his greatest charity adventure.

Senior and other members of Leeds Rugby Foundation are preparing to take on next month’s France to England Quest 14 challenge.

The ex-Leeds and Great Britain centre took part in last year’s Quest 13 series of charity fund-raisers and recently ran four marathons in as many weeks.

He will head a five-strong team who plan to cycle from Super League’s southerly outpost, Perpignan in France, to Headingley Carnegie Stadium in just eight days.

To link into the Tour de France launch, the team will cycle the Leeds to Harrogate stage – in reverse – on the final day of the challenge, covering 134 miles and finishing at Headingley in time to deliver the match ball for Rhinos’ home clash with Catalan Dragons on Sunday, June 29.

The itinerary for the 1,010 mile trek is: Day 1, June 22 Perpignan – Gaillac 136 miles; day 2, June 23 Gaillac – Perigueux 130 miles; day 3, June 24, Perigeux – Poitiers 117 miles; day 4, June 25 Poitiers – Le Mans 115 miles; day 5, June 26, Le Mans – Caen (overnight ferry) 100 miles; day 6, June 27, Portsmouth – Leamington Spa 134 miles; day 7, June 28, Leamington Spa – Headingley 144 miles; day 8, June 29, Grand Depart Stage 1 Harrogate – Headingley 134 miles.

The Quest will raise funds for the Foundation and a percentage will be donated to three other charities: Marie Curie, the Laura Crane Youth Cancer Trust and Joining Jack.

Senior has not played since suffering a serious knee injury in 2011.

He now works for the Foundation and is an assistant-coach at Sheffield Eagles. He said: “Training is going well. My four marathons obviously helped and my body is slowly adapting to the pressures of cycling such a long way.

“I have been out cycling nearly every day and now with less than a month to go it is starting to become ‘real’.”

He added: “I urge everyone to back me and the team by donating all you can to four great causes.”

Anyone who donates £14 or more to the cause will be put into a draw to win a signed Quest 14 jersey as well as other prizes.

Donations can be made by logging on to https://mydonate.bt.com/charities/leedsrugbyfoundation. Alternatively, Text QUES14 and their amount £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10 to 70070.